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Posted by catahuladave | Jun 12, 2009 @ 02:27 PM | 2,013 Views
I have been busy working lately. I wanted to post some of the latest with me. I am flying more helicopters than anything and I have a cool hotliner now I love. Just before Christmas "Sydney" died my dog who you see in my profile picture. My CatahulaDave name is from her breed name she was a Catahoula Cur. Great dog and cool buddy. I won't be getting another dog for a while. I guess you have to know what its like to understand. I will be back in the near future to post more of my projects. This summer will be filled with RC boats, trucks, helicopters, planes. Have fun everyone.

Peace,
David
Posted by catahuladave | Oct 13, 2008 @ 12:14 AM | 2,293 Views
I just recently was able to return to working part time. I was disabled with a shoulder injury from high school that in my 30's became too painful for me to continue to work anymore. I got lucky with my insurance giving in and paying for surgery. The time after surgery I found the hobby which helped me find some pleasure in a otherwise pain existence. The doctors had me on powerful pain killers to try and deal with the pain. Beacause I went 22 years without the needed surgery the damaged was done the surgery just stopped the progression of farther damage to my nerves under my shoulder blade. About 6 months ago I found a new doctor that gave me some hope with injections of Botox. I know what your thinking I was thinking the same thing that stuff is for wrinkles. Well the stuff kills the nerves that control the muscles and a large part of my pain was the involuntary tightening of muscles from the pain which was starting to curve my back out of shape. Botox hurts like ....beeep.... but after several weeks the pain was reducing and a month after that I was able to go more than 3 hours without feeling major pain like I had for most my life. The stuff last for 4 to 6 months. I still have to take pain medicine but 1/4 of the amount I used to be taking. I can work some now and I can really enjoy the hobby and my life again. If there is anyone else out there suffering from chronic pain you might talk to your doctor about Botox treatment for the pain. In my case it...Continue Reading
Posted by catahuladave | May 14, 2008 @ 08:46 AM | 3,253 Views
This is the old Medusa Reaper 48" that Al Austria bought from me. This wing is over 3 years old. This wing was built with the old strapping tape method thats how old it is. I have been doing small projects lately. I had to have a round of injections in my shoulder from novacain like cocktail to Botox being pumped under my shoulder blade. I must say I was scared to do it because of the risks to my right lung but I lived. It has taken 3 weeks to actually feel the benefits of the injections. I will be starting on my Raven next it came in last week. I have been busy with life thats why you have not seen much building out of me lately.



Here is the wings original build thread from years ago:

Medusa Reaper 48

Here are some pictures of the wing that I rebuilt that was cut in half when it the pilot crashed it into a fence. It was a case of depth perception from what I hear. Reaper 35" now missing 13" of deformed foam and broken carbon spars from center the crash caused. I had no plans of rebuilding it I just was playing with the idea cut out the damaged area and put it together. I looked at it with a straight edge and a flat table. Its worth crashing again. If it had been a wing tip that was destroyed I would not be able to bring it back to life. I used it as a test bed for other ideas like removable servos pockets came out ok
Posted by catahuladave | Jan 15, 2008 @ 03:07 PM | 3,249 Views
Call it what you want its cool. Foam fuse foam wings with spruce and balsa parts and some basswood too. Not real sure I did not get a manual with it but I did not pay a lot for the kit. I think it was $35. I used 3/4oz glass on the wing and some carbon sheeting on the fuse and wing to add my own little touch to it. I am going to use a Suppo motor from LightFlightRC.com and a 1500 3cell pack from MaxAmps.com. I am not sure what the color scheme will be but I won't know till I start that part anyway.

Here are some photos of the current progress
Posted by catahuladave | Dec 10, 2007 @ 10:56 AM | 3,200 Views
This was a custom build for Aaron the club VP. He gave me freedom on the covering and power plant. After a trip to the LHS for parts I ordered in a Expert Sickle 36" standard 10% foil kit. The previous Sickle build(s) were 9% thinner Expert kits. This Sickle can hold as much as 3s4000HV x 2= 6s4000HV but we setup up for 4s3000HV in the form of two 2s3000HV packs. It has the ability to be a very fast wing with its ARC 28x47 1.5 Turn motor. I always have fun with each build even if its hard to let them go to the new owner. Our club field is sounding more like a pack screaming cats or upset bees with all of the wings in the air racing around. Some pics of the Sickle 36"
Posted by catahuladave | Oct 26, 2007 @ 11:07 PM | 3,679 Views
Couple Sickles 36" from RcWorks.com one for myself and the other one is for Dave from LightFlightRC.com the home of ARC motors. If you have not heard of LightFlightRC.com and RcWorks.com your asleep at the controls. I have been working for / with RcWorks for a while now and recently did some testing for LightFlightRC with tremendous success using there motors. I can uses some big words but the best thing to do is check my recent threads with the Reaper 48" wing also from RcWorks. Enjoy

Later,
DSS
"CatahulaDave"
Posted by catahuladave | Oct 10, 2007 @ 02:42 PM | 3,697 Views
I am tired of telling this so hopefully this blog entry will explain to those that are wondering or have asked what my name stands for on here. Catahuladave is a mix of the breed of dog I own the other part is my first name David but I go by Dave a lot. Catahula was a miss type by me when I signed up its actually spelled Catahoula. My dog Sydney is a Louisiana Leopard Catahoula or also known as Australian Cattle dog or Australian Shepperd and even some call them Panhead Catahoulas. Either way she does not look like any one but a mix of all of them. Someone told me they are a mix of Dingo and Blue Heeler. Which explains the Louisiana part. What I know for sure she is the best dog I have ever had and a very cool buddy. These pictures are recent and she is 11 years old now so I don't expect her to live much longer. I hope this clears up what the heck my name stands for.

Later,
DSS "catahuladave"
Posted by catahuladave | Jun 02, 2007 @ 05:50 PM | 3,852 Views
Same colors as LightFlightRC just noticed but it needs more than an Rx to be called the LightFlightRC wing but it getting there. I thinking about trying that 2 turn 3750kv motor on this wing as soon. I hope I can hold on to this one for a while I like how it came out. Get a little better at this each time I build a new wing. My new Project X 30 to go with my new eReaper
Posted by catahuladave | Apr 17, 2007 @ 03:43 PM | 3,830 Views
I did a new covering job on it and cleaned it up. I am selling it to a friend of mine who flew it and now wants it for himself. I like to share with others, the wings I build. Its taken a while but I think my wings are getting better each build. Now its time to make another PX30 for my collection.

UnderWood dude here is your wing.
Posted by catahuladave | Mar 22, 2007 @ 01:16 PM | 5,182 Views
Its done just need to send it home to its owner now. Its going to be nice to hear how it does I have hope for it.

DSS
Posted by catahuladave | Mar 17, 2007 @ 07:09 PM | 4,345 Views
I have finished covering the wing I can see some bumps but overall its pretty clean. The raised area is very small and it hard to believe that two 2 cell 2100's fit inside but they do. I like it I just wish I could make it even lighter.
Posted by catahuladave | Mar 06, 2007 @ 01:05 AM | 4,402 Views
This is my present bench project its 1/4 the thickness of a normal PX.
Posted by catahuladave | Feb 20, 2007 @ 11:26 PM | 4,421 Views
I don't know why I like wings over other planes but I just do. I like how I can build a wing that can go pretty fast and do some awesome tricks too. The things I have learned from the group have helped me so much. I started in the hobby 3 years ago and I have been doing wings for about a year and half now. I get a rush out of flying my creations and I like sharing them with others that are like minded. I know I am only scratching the surface of the possible wings and flying ability. I have to thank my sponsors for helping me they have put up with me but they know I am showing the world what products I like that help me fly some very cool wings. The building of wings for me has changed so much from where I started. I now know how to build wings using Henry cloth and spackle to smooth the surface. My Kote skills are something I still need to master. I only have a few wings that I am pleased with the covering jobs I did on them. I am looking forward to many more cool projects.